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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478118296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478118299
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The book, written by Dr. Stephen Kirby, is based on the authentic, historical Islamic sources and the writings of new researchers as well as the foundation of Islamic thinking today.  Through it all, the book provides a very deep understanding of the Koran and the Sunnah in an effort to help the Muslim and the non-Muslim know and understand current Muslim behavior...The book is an excellent resource to guide you in understanding the enormous plethora of information about Islam.

Hanan Lutfi Zinedine, Islamic Literature, Issue No. 73, 2013.
(Translation provided by Dr. Mark Christian)
 

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Letting Islam Be Islam: Separating Truth From Myth

The book, written by Dr. Stephen Kirby, is based on the authentic, historical Islamic sources and the writings of new researchers as well as the foundation of Islamic thinking today.  Through it all, the book provides a very deep understanding of the Koran and the Sunnah in an effort to help the Muslim and the non-Muslim know and understand current Muslim behavior.  The book provides help understanding the basic relationship of Muslims with each other and with non-Muslims.  It consists of 19 chapters which include: interpretations, hadith, sirah (Mohammad's biography), the concept of abrogation, the prophet hood of Mohammad, peace be on Him, the Islamic religion and all the monotheistic religions, sharia, women, slavery, apostasy, interfaith regulations according to Omar, the five daily prayers, heaven, and American Muslims.

The book is an excellent resource to guide you in understanding the enormous plethora of information about Islam.  Whatever the motivation of those writings, whether it is out of knowledge, intelligence, fear, ignorance, deceit, or truce, you will understand them better after reading this book.

Hanan Lutfi Zinedine, Islamic Literature, Issue No. 73, 2013.
(Translation provided by Dr. Mark Christian)

Letting Islam Be Islam: Separating Truth From Myth, Dr. Stephen M. Kirby, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 2, 2012), 402 pages
عنوان الكتاب بالعربية: "ليكون الإسلام هو الإسلام: فصل الحقيقة عن الخرافة". اعتمد مؤلف الكتاب الدكتور (ستيفين كيربي) على المصادر الإسلامية التاريخية الأصيلة، وكتابات الباحثين الجدد، إضافة إلى أسس التفكير الإسلامي اليوم. ومن خلال ذلك كله، يقدم الكتاب فهماً أعمق للقرآن والسُّنة بحيث يساعد المسلم وغير المسلم على معرفة السلوكيات الراهنة وفهمها، وعلى فهم أسس علاقة المسلمين ببعضهم بعضاً وبغير المسلمين. يتكون الكتاب من تسعة عشر فصلاً: شملت علوم التفسير والحديث والسيرة، ومبدأ النسخ، ونبوة محمد عليه الصلاة والسلام، ودين السلام، والأديان التوحيدية، والشريعة والمرأة، وقضية الرق، والردة، والعهدة العمرية، والصلوات الخمس، والجنة، والمسلمون الأميركيون. الكتاب دليل ممتاز لتوجيه الفهم للتدفق الهائل للإسهاب في الحديث عن الإسلام، سواء أكان ذلك عن علم أم ذكاء أم خوف أم تهدئة أم جهل أم خداع.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M on November 9, 2012
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If you want to be informed, if you want to be able to discuss Islam in an intelligent way, this is your reference book. This book is well researched and written in a style that makes the subject matter easy to read and understand. Every American needs this book to really understand a subject that is beginning to surface everywhere in our daily lives.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Montedor44 on April 11, 2013
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This book relies on original historical scholarly Islamic sources. The writings of the ancient and modern scholars, still the basis of Islamic thinking today, are introduced at every step to guide the deep understanding of the Koran and Sunnah that is necessary for both Muslims and non-Muslims to know about so as to understand current behaviors.

It is necessary information for non-Muslims because the verses of the Koran in question deal with the relations of Muslims to Non-Muslims. Muslim-Muslim relations, or how Muslims ought to behave in their relation to their deity is not covered here except insofar as the differences affect non-Muslims.

As the book is structured solely on scholarly Islamic interpretations of difficult verses, this is not criticism of Islam from the outside. Verses of the Koran scattered about the Koran are collected and analyzed under subject headings, like: "Non-Muslims and Compulsion [to switch one's religion to Islam]", "The Religion of Peace", "What does the Koran say about Jews and Christians", inequality of women, slavery, adultery, suicide, etc. For each of the subjects covered, verses are presented along with the relevant tafsirs (commentaries/interpretation by the revered scholars). The book opens with discussion of the importance and the authority of the tafsirs.

You may be unhappy with the summaries presented here of the meanings of the Koran verses that make it clear that unbelievers have at best second-class status, and worse, have legitimate fear for their lives, and worst, have legitimate fears for the survival of freedom as they understand it, under Islamic hegemony. If so, your argument is not with the author of this book, but with the tenets of Islam.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amr M. Abdulla on September 10, 2013
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Islam doesn't not rely on power, power or statistics but it does rely on being better in every possible way that you can. I was really disappointed because there is a lot of unnecessary information in this book like how many narrations there are but I have to admit it DOES give you valid information on some of the scholars but not much on Muhammad who plays the central role of Islam. With that being said it's not a surprise to see people judging another person just because of a book they read. Some parts of the book I liked other parts seemed too radical. Furthermore I didn't really feel like reading random passages as this book is more of a generalized book about Islam then actually claiming what Islam really is.
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